One of my favorite Model Railroad Imagineerings is Harry Brunk’s HOn3 Union Central and Northern. For those of you who have never seen Harry’s work, I highly recommend reading “Up Clear Creek”, and “More Up Clear Creek”. Both books are a series of articles Harry published in Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette magazine. The articles on the Georgetown Loop were some of my favorites as were his articles about Black Hawk.
The Union Central and Northern is based on a long time narrow gauge favorite of mine, the Colorado and Southern’s Clear Creek lines (originally the Colorado Central). Harry created his own railroad, the UC&N based entirely on the C&S in the late 1930s. He researched each town, buildings bridges, and C&S railroad equipment. His work fascinated me, and I looked forward to reading each of his articles. Learned a lot about researching the prototype and how much enjoyment the historical research side of model railroading can bring to the average modeler.
I was glad to read that Harry’s years of work have been saved and the UC&N moved to the Union Pacific railroad station in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A lot of other UC&N fans got together and moved Harry’s layout from it home in “Little Colorado”, a mobile home trailer into a permanent home in the station now museum. Be sure to look at the pictures of this wonderful layout and the great preservation job by fans! Thank you Harry!